A near-future fascistic USA is focused on an annual cross-continent murderous road race. Scattershot but sprightly, this exploitation effort (a Rollerball mockbuster) juggles media satire, cartoony splatter, 1984 riff, and car-chase comedy. Full of ideas, though, and hugely influential. A remake – spawning several DTV sequels – followed.
Convicted DC supervillains are recruited to undertake a covert mission. Splashy flip splattery slapstick action comedy sequel, developing into a Ghostbusters variant. Some poetic moments help, though the crowded cast needs more time to breathe than can be given here.
A cop in an isolated rebab facility is stalked by the serial killer who murdered his fiancee. Daft but enjoyable minor genre fare, mashing up Agatha Christie and The Thing along with a hundred other influences. A solid cast of shifty character actors keeps matters rolling along until the inevitable fighty finale.
Disjointed and clumsy film. Rambo takes revenge on Mexican human trafficking killers. Off tone and unfortunate follow up, wasting good characters with gory but cut to pieces nonsense. The standard Rambo body count applies. All else is dull and uninteresting.
Dredd is framed in a revenge conspiracy and loses his Judge status. Patchy first attempt at the iconic 2000AD character, with twice as many daft ideas as good ones. Some striking moments, though, and some still-impressive design and effects work.
Peter Quill meets his father. Somewhat underpowered sequel, relying on soap operatics and the banter between crewmates plus audience goodwill to mask a weak narrative. Some fun while it’s on, but this is no great shakes; a disappointment, really.